Born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1963

Lives and works in Tehran, Iran

Farhad Moshiri is an Iranian artist who graduated from the California Institute of Arts in 1984. He experimented with installations, video art and painting. The artist returned to live and work in Tehran in 1991. Moshiri became known in 2001 for a series of large oil paintings on canvas showing monumental jars and bowls with richly textured surfaces and flowing calligraphy. His fascination with archaeology is well reflected in the forms of the jars, their cracked and weathered surfaces and the poems in nasta‛līq script that adorn them. In some cases, his paintings contain only letters or numbers. Inspired by calligraphic practice sheets, known as siyāh-mashq, and by the alphanumeric system (abjad), he plays with the shape rather than the meaning of words. Moshiri’s work is also political and often self-ridiculing, playing with ideas of marketing and commodification. The artist is alluding to the idea of making work that is about the packaging of art, a notion deriving from Pop Art.

In 2006 and 2007, Moshiri produced a series of canvases depicting flowers, cakes, brides and soldiers sculpted out of chocolate fondant using cake-decorating tools. His more conceptual pieces include a vitrine of gilded objects (2003), Rogue gun installation (2004), and Ultimate Toy–Legold (2004). He has held a number of solo exhibitions, including one at Leighton House, London (2004), and participated in many group shows, including the Sharjah Biennial (2003). He curated Welcome, a group show of contemporary Iranian art held in New York in 2005. Moshiri has had international recognition and is until this day exhibiting and producing work. The internationally popular Iranian artist continues to have shows in Europe, United States and Dubai.

Artist represented by the Galerie Perrotin.


The women who knew2009, Mixed media